Guide to Cross-Country Skiing in Edmonton

Dec 12, 2023

Experience the cross-country ski scene in Edmonton! Slide into the rhythm of winter wonderland vibes as you strap on your skis and glide through the funky, snow-kissed wilderness within city limits and beyond! With more than 160km of trail magic, Edmonton's river valley and park systems are your ticket to a frosty adventure! Whether you're looking to rent or buy your cross-country skis, we've got the lowdown on where to snag the slickest gear in town.

You Have to Ski it to Believe it

Don't have your own set of skis? No problem.

Here are some spots in Edmonton to get your skis:

  • Totem Outdoor Outfitters offers cross-country ski rentals for adults and kids alike as well as alpine skis, snowshoes, skates, hockey gear and more.
  • Sundance Ski & Snowboard provide a variety of rental packages depending on your skill level and type of ski you require.
  • Out of Bounds Snow in south Edmonton has a selection of both standard and high-performance skis you can rent.
  • 30 minutes south of Edmonton, Shift Happens Bicycle Repair in Devon has cross-country ski rentals. You can even rent some winter fat bikes here too!

Insider tip: Give yourself lots of time to line up and try on the equipment before you go! Weekends can get busy at rental shops during the winter, so we recommend going in early or during a weekday afternoon to beat the rush.

Parks & Trails to Discover

Look no further for some of the best parks & trails in and around Edmonton. Whether you're planning to stay within city limits, or venture a bit further, an afternoon of adventure is closer than you think!

Trails in Edmonton:

  • Argyll / Mill Creek - 69 Avenue & 88 Street
  • Capilano Park - 10810 54 Street
  • Gold Bar Park - 109 Avenue & 50 Street
  • Goldstick Park - 50 Street & 109 Avenue
  • Hermitage Park - 2115 Hermitage Road
  • Kinsmen Park - 91 Avenue & 108 Street
  • Riverside Golf Course - Rowland Road & 84 Street
  • Rundle Park - 2909 113 Avenue
  • Victoria Golf Course & Park- 116 Street & River Valley Road

For information on trail conditions visit the City of Edmonton website, or check out the SkiYEG app (available for IOS or Android).

Trails near Edmonton:

Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival